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VFR Heliport Operations in an Obstacle-Rich Environment (ORE).
SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPARLINGTON VA
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This investigation studied helicopter pilot performance and perception in a visual flight rule VFR heliport terminal obstacle-rich environment ORE. Simulations were conducted in September and October 1996 as part of a larger effort focused on examining operational safety at U.S. heliports. Concerns raised by pilots operating at a city-center heliport motivated the study. Although none of the obstacles at this heliport protruded into the minimum recommended approachdeparture airspace, pilots and their management complained of safety concerns when operating there. The ORE program was sponsored by the General Aviation and Vertical flight Program Office AND-710 of the Federal Aviation Administration FAA. As the primary support contractor to AND-7lO, Science Applications International Corporations SAIC Air Transportation Systems Operation ATSO assembled a research team. Boeing Defense Space Group, Helicopters Division, as simulation support subcontractor, lead the team conducting the simulation experiment.
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